Looking for a good read for your favorite techie? InfoWorld's contributors have a few suggestions
IT management books
The other side of management from your own career is the management of your business. Many in IT leave that to the business people, but everyone at a company is part of the business. The books recommended here focus on effective business management and leadership skills -- just what (wannabe) IT leaders need to know to be viewed as not mere techies.
"Business Agility: Sustainable Prosperity in a Relentlessly Competitive World" by Michael Hugos
Agility isn't just being fast -- it's being flexible and resilient. Companies have focused so long on efficiency and speed that they've put themselves at risk of not being able to adjust effectively when conditions change. This book will help you understand why agility is more important than speed or efficiency, and how to help your business make the right technology and management choices for an increasingly volatile business world.
Hardcover: $29.95, Kindle: $16.47 | Get more details
"Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win" by Steven Spear
The perpetually successful companies have discovered the advantage of problem-solving abilities -- something a good scientist or engineer should appreciate. This book explores those problem-solving tenets to help other organizations adapt them, both for business and IT.
Hardback: $29.95, Kindle: $16.47 | Get more details
"Create Marketplace Disruption: How to Stay Ahead of the Competition" by Adam Hartung
It's no secret that few companies survive major changes to their markets, and fewer figure out how to make change happen and then ride that change to excel in a new form. Despite some "rah-rah" business-speak, this book helps you figure out when making a disruptive change can work in your favor.
Hardcover: $27.99, Kindle: $13.79 | Get more details
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